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4.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 5 4.14 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Pullman Narrator: Philip Pullman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The His Dark Materials Series Release Date:
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In this prequel episode from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials universe, Lee Scoresby -- Texan aeronaut and future friend to Lyra Belacqua -- is 24 years old. The story reveals the origins of Scoresby's friendship with Ioric Byrnison as well as Scoresby's aeronautical career.

After winning his hot-air balloon in a poker game, Scoresby finds himself floating north. On the Arctic island of Novy Odense, Scoresby and his dæmon Hester become involved in a deadly plot involving an oil magnate, a corrupt mayoral candidate, and a hired killer who is Lee's longtime nemesis from the Dakota Country. Forming an alliance with one of the island's reviled armored bears, Scoresby fights to break up the conspiracy.

This clothbound volume features the illustrations of John Lawrence, a removable board game on the inside back cover, and the story that offers a glimpse into the origins of the friendship of two beloved characters in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred Review, Booklist, May 15, 2008:
  • Pullman is as fine a writer as there is for young people, and this book is a small gem.”

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Arman | 5/17/2011

    " Aeronaut Lee Scoresby adventures to the north on an adventure to save Iorek Byrninson an armored bear. The exciting prequil to the golden compass is truly exciting. It gives the introduction to the world of the golden compass. Read the book of the century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rachel | 5/7/2011

    " You know, I need to reread the whole of His Dark Materials this summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynossa | 4/22/2011

    " I always like Iorek Brynison and it was fun to read about his first meeting with Lee Scoresby and Hester "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jordan | 2/3/2011

    " A little supplemental bit featuring Mr. Scorseby's story before the events in the His Dark Materials series. "

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